The Karma drone that went out of business in 2016 was so bad that you’d forgive its cameras for not wanting to fly again. But its new Hero for FPV (first-person perspective) drones reveal a more sensible, laser-focused approach that should help ward off those ghosts — and give us an exciting glimpse of what other Hero cameras to expect this year.
The Hero 10 Black Bones is really against karma. Rather than jump outside of its comfort zone and build a drone with an unfortunate tendency to lose power in flight, GoPro has instead stripped down its main action camera and created what looks like the perfect little camera for FPV fans. You can find out why in our hands-on GoPro Hero 10 Black Bones Review.
When it comes to product launches, this is as close to a guaranteed home run as possible. Yes, FPV drones are still a very good place to be, but a good number of pilots have reverse-engineered hero action cameras to make them suitable for small drones for years. The growing community has often appealed to GoPro to make a newer version of the previous small action cam, Session Hero (which came back in 2015).
Well, the Hero 10 Black Bones is that camera. This means that we can expect to watch more videos like Tesla’s Gigafactory Swoop Tour. The only real downside is that Bones is currently in the US only, with GoPro telling us “we don’t have a date for international availability yet.” And the fact that it’s oddly more expensive than the Hero 10 Black, despite the fact that “Bones” lacks the screen, battery, speaker, GPS, or the waterproof build quality of its multi-brother.
When we asked GoPro about this, he told us that the cost of the new action camera is “much lower than the industry average for a ‘naked’ GoPro, and Bones helps you save time, money, and risk by offering a quality product with a GoPro guarantee.” Perhaps, but there’s no doubt that GoPro benefits from the unique combination of Bones and the ReelSteady stabilization software it acquired in 2020, which only works with GoPro’s rotational data. This is a sign of things to come.
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Of course, we’d prefer the GoPro Hero 10 Black Bones to be priced like the Hero 4 session, which quickly dropped to $199 from its original $399 price tag. But this strategy, which seems to work more than all in one DJI FPVreflects the new and smarter GoPro that sees specialized, specialized cameras as a solution to gaining demand for the all-around hero collection.
So where else can a GoPro take the “bones” approach? Strong competitor based on Some of the patents we discovered recentlyis a competitor to DJI Pocket 2 Vlog camera. The patents describe a modular session-style camera that, unusually for a GoPro, would sit in a mechanical 3-axis axis for ultra-smooth stabilization. This is amazing
Classify it recently GoPro Volta grip attachment.
Interestingly enough, the camera is also described as modular and compatible with drones. Could the Hero 10 Black Bones really give us a glimpse into the GoPro camcorder? If so, the move would echo the Karma drone, whose camera can be removed and used with the now-defunct Karma grip stabilizer.
The capabilities of specialized GoPro cameras don’t end there either: dash cam, streaming cam, bike cam and, in particular, the high-end professional GoPro is also definitely on the cards. One of our few problems with the Hero 10 Black Bones is that it still only lets you shoot with 8-bit color depth – which means there may be room for a higher-level hero, offering features like 10-bit color depth, in the near future.
As we move into the realms of speculation here, it has a solid foundation – a Earnings last call He confirmed that this type of specialization will be the trend of GoPro for the next couple of years. During the call in February, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman said, “At the end of 2022, we plan to expand our hardware offering from the two product types we have today, Hero and Max, to four premium camera products.”
Is the Hero 10 Black Bones one of those four products? Since it’s part of the Hero line, maybe not – and it looks like that won’t be the end of GoPro’s expansion. According to Woodman, GoPro expects to “expand that further by the end of 2023”. In other words, “Bones” are just garnishes for what’s to come from the action cam maker.
This is the long-awaited change of course. GoPro has taken a long time to recover from the mid-2010s when it expanded itself by launching like the Karma drone.
This put the company on a more focused path that led to the Hero 9 Black, Hero 10 Black and most importantly, a new software-focused model and spawned some popular gains. This includes the GoPro Quik app, the new GoPro Player + ReelSteady desktop app, and a GoPro subscription, which we rate as a good investment (especially if you’re planning to buy one of his cameras).
The result of all of this is that GoPro is ready to make some exciting new cameras again, if not like the ones it has been in the past. The Hero 10 Black Bones is an interesting start, but it’s just a hint of the ways GoPro plans to chop the all-in-one action camera into smaller, possibly more useful pieces.
Smartphones may mean GoPros will never again reach the height of their previous mainstream appeal, but in its 20th year, the Action cam king looks set to show off its new tricks — and we look forward to seeing what these are next. public.
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